The Homunculus

Inconvenientis and the Rise of the Shiny

I love this cartoon! It so clearly articulates what I consider to be one of the most virulent barriers to transforming organisations. This disease seems to have taken hold in many industries, but disconcertingly over the years, I've spotted some of the symptoms glistening across the sweaty brow of Healthcare. Having invented the concept of... Continue Reading →

Maslow’s Island

I'm starting to publicise my personal campaign to kill that Bloody Pyramid. You know the one, it's ubiquitous in management text books and nestled into just about every slide deck of every pedlar of coffee-shop psychobabble. I'm loathed to even show it on my own blog, but I suppose I have to, albeit with a... Continue Reading →

The Mystical Acronomicon

I recently tweeted out this image and it got some attention, so I went off trying to remember why I had created it. Several lovely clicks and reminiscences later, I found one of my typical curmudgeonly responses to a name drop, in a stimulating blog by @whatsthepont from a couple of years ago. So I... Continue Reading →

Fads, Acronyms & Healthcare Improvement

Complex Systems are driven by the quality of the interactions between the parts, not the quality of the parts. Working on discrete parts or processes can properly bugger up the performance at a system level. Never fiddle with a part unless it also improves the system.

Representation – No 5 Delight & R100%

The Picture Watch this space for installations on what is: An Allegory of Prudence, Titian c.1566. The image presented above is a digital reproduction of a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Tiziano Vecellio, more commonly known as Titian. The original painting is entitled An Allegory of Prudence and is one of 17 works by... Continue Reading →

Representation – The Big Middle One

It had probably always been there, a curiosity for the truth, but I didn't really know it until the autumn of 1987. I had enrolled in the Welsh School of Architecture. A venerable old institution based along the grandiose Portland Stone parade that the Marquis of Bute wedged into the centre of Cardiff. There I... Continue Reading →

Representation – Last But Three

I’ve completely rewritten this follow up to the first blog on Representation, four times already. Each attempt, despite my different initial approaches, has ended up in a petulant performance by Captain Rantypants. Here I go again, trying to stay objective and polite. Breathe and relax … Diagrams. There are a whole world of different things... Continue Reading →

Representation – 1 down 4 to go

I've been threatening to do this for ages. Occasionally, it has been known for me to get, as my Grandmother would put it "arsey", about how people represent things and ideas. Typically, the arseyness emerges as a result of some bewildered enthusiast taking a list of their favourite trendy words - drawing boxes around the words,... Continue Reading →

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